I want to talk to you about setbacks. We all have them.
There are those days when it is cold and rainy.
Then there are those setbacks the from aches and pains you encounter because you kicked your workout up a notch.
And then there’s the mother of all setbacks which is the most common setback of all….lack of motivation!
It happens to all of us at one time or another. Here’s what I want you to know….YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Setbacks are bound to happen for any number of reasons, but it’s how you respond to them that defines your long-term success.
So, if you feel like you have experienced a setback in your commitment to yourself, here’s what I suggest:
1. This is the most important step! Make a list of why working out is important to you and be really honest. I can’t begin to tell you how important it is for you to know what you want and how badly you want it. The more reasons you find to pursue your goal, the higher your motivation will be to follow through with actions.
2. Become aware of your excuses. When you find yourself making excuses, remember you have two choices. You can either strengthen your excuse by not working out or you can strengthen your resolve by saying to your excuse “go away and annoy someone else”.
3. Act NOW! Just telling your excuses to go annoy someone else won’t work. You must follow that up with immediate action.
Your best friend calls you because she is feeling down and out. She tells you she is on the couch wrapped in a comforter watching Lucy reruns.
She also tells you that she has been really depressed and is eating a box of Yodles.
She says she knows she should stop eating Yodles and work out, but she just doesn’t have the gumption.
You need to help your friend!
Your friend says: I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I just can stop eating these Yodles and I do not want to exercise. I’d rather sit on the couch, watch the Lucy reruns and eat.
You say: oh honey, does that make you feel any better?
She says …. NO (she starts to cry) but I’m so depressed and I deserve the down time.
You say: How would you feel if you went and exercised?
She replies: resentful that I have to get off the couch.
You say: What could you say to yourself that might get you going?
She is blowing her nose and says: I really think the medication I’m taking for anxiety has caused me to gain weight. I went to the doctor today and gained 6 more pounds since my last visit. Oh how I want to stop taking that medication.
She blows out a sigh and says: maybe if I exercise, I’ll feel better when I’m done. I’ll call you when I’m finished working out.”
If you would be willing to help a friend like that, why wouldn’t you do the same for yourself?
I know you are a great friend. Maybe it’s time you became your own best friend.
You’re worth it,
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